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Priscillian

The Life and Death of a Christian Dissenter in Late Antiquity


The first historical biography of Priscillian, a controversial figure of great importance for the history of the West, who until now has been considered by the different authors who have approached his figure as a heretic, reformer, apocryphal martyr or non-conformist Christian.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4559-7
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: May 29,2024
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 221
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4559-7
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In this book the author offers us the first historical biography of Priscillian, a controversial figure of great importance for the history of the West, who until now has been considered by the different authors who have approached his figure as a heretic, reformer, apocryphal martyr or non-conformist Christian. The book also analyses the complex questions of his birthplace, the location of his burial place and the dating of the various episodes of his life, using the voices of the protagonists of the period in which Priscillian lived and making use of all the sources available to reconstruct his biography.

In this book the author offers us the first historical biography of Priscillian, a controversial figure of great importance for the history of the West, who until now has been considered by the different authors who have approached his figure as a heretic, reformer, apocryphal martyr or non-conformist Christian. The book also analyses the complex questions of his birthplace, the location of his burial place and the dating of the various episodes of his life, using the voices of the protagonists of the period in which Priscillian lived and making use of all the sources available to reconstruct his biography.

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ContributorBiography

DiegoPiay Augusto

Diego Piay Augusto (Pontevedra, 1979), is a professor of Ancient History at the University of Oviedo and has been working as an archaeologist for more than twenty years in northwest Spain, where he has directed more than fifty interventions at sites from different periods. In addition, between 2008 and 2012, he participated in different excavation campaigns carried out in the city of Pompeii (Naples, Italy) and in the villa of Casale de Piazza Armerina (Sicily, Italy).

In 2019, the University of Santiago de Compostela awarded him the special doctoral prize for his thesis entitled El priscilianismo. Arqueología y Prosopografía. Estudio de un movimiento aristocrático en la Gallaecia tardorromana, which was subsequently published. (L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2018). Shortly afterwards he wrote the first historical biography of Priscillian, entitled Prisciliano. Vida y muerte de un disidente en el amanecer del imperio cristiano (Trea, 2019), for which he was awarded the Anassilaos (Area dello Stretto) prize in Reggio Calabria (Italy) in 2021. His most recent work is a book entitled Villae romanas en Asturias (L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2022). His research activities also include numerous articles published in national and international journals, in which archaeological sources have always played a leading role, and lectures given at national and international level.

Table of Contents (v)

Preface (vii)

Prologue (xi)

Introduction: Late Antiquity (1)

The Nazarene’s call (350–379) (23)

An eloquent Christian enters the episcopate (380–381) (49)

The Journey to Rome (381–383) (73)

The sword at the service of the church: the trials of Trier (385) (103)

A martyr for Gallaecia (385–400) (131)

Dramatic and dangerous times (400) (157)

Appendix (167)

Timeline (170)

Index of the main characters (171)

Image Sources (178)

Bibliography (181)

Primary Sources (181)

Secondary Sources (187)

Index (197)

List of People (197)

List of Places (203)

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